John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Angels vs. Demons
Angels vs. Demons
Sermon by Mr. Gerry Ardis (7/26/08) Transcribed by Mr. Harlan Webb
Good afternoon, brethren, to start this sermon, let us turn to Ephesians 6:11 — 13:
11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We wrestle against spiritual wickedness, because of who we are. We are a very special people; we have God's Truth, like no other group. Satan has always deceived the world. He has now deceived God's Church, since the death of Mr. Herbert Armstrong. Satan has the Laodiceans off-track, and we are the only ones, who are not off-track. Satan wants to stop you and me. I would like to read a small portion from, Mystery of the Ages. This is from, "The Awesome Statement," page XIII, by Mr. Armstrong:
"Traditional Christian teaching has always assumed that there is a contest between God and Satan. That God has been trying desperately to get the world saved. But in this great controversy, Satan has been winning. In other words, God had sent Jesus Christ at His first coming to try to win the ongoing war against Satan. Traditional Christianity has taught that whosoever will; may come, and be saved through Jesus."
The world thinks that it is an ongoing battle between God and Satan. If you look at this old world, Satan is winning, correct? But, you and I know, God has a plan. Turn to Isaiah 46:9 — 10:
9 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Our Great God does not say He knows the beginning from the end, He says, "I know the end from the beginning."
If this Being was losing the war with Satan, God could not do this. God has everything under complete control. Let us turn to Revelation 12:7 — 13:
7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.”
This is our modern history in the making. This war has taken place. Brethren, we teach that this took place near the date of Mr. Armstrong's death, January 1986. This war took place, and Michael and his angels (the holy angels) won. Satan and his demons lost. Satan knows God's Plan is in motion. At the time Satan was cast to Earth, he knew he had only a short time, and attacked the Worldwide Church of God. We have over 300 splits and splinters in God's Church, and most of the church does not know the great Truths, which God has given this little Church. You and I have had the privilege of knowing these Truths. That is modern history. There was another war in Heaven. Let us turn to Luke 10:18:
18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”
This is Christ speaking. This happened before man's creation. Another war took place, but chances are it was not between Michael and his angels, and Satan and his angels. This was God controlling this war, and Satan was cast down like a bolt of lightning, with his demons. We must understand; Satan can only do, what God allows him to do. That is the bottom line. This so-called Christian world believes there is a battle between God and Satan. There is not any battle, not between those two. Satan would love to dethrone God, but there is no chance of that happening. But in Satan's perverted mind, he thinks that way. Let us turn to Job 1:1 — 12:
1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
Escheweth means ‘shuns’. God allowed Satan to take away all Job’s earthly goods, and that is what happened. God gave Satan permission, but God controlled the situation. Let us go to Job 2:1 — 6:
1 “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”
God commanded Satan to attend the angelic meeting. Satan does not want to do, what God tells him to do most of the time, but when God gives Satan a command, he must respond. Here is another limit, which God put on Satan. God commanded Satan not to kill Job. God puts limits on the angelic world. He is the Creator. Everything is under God's Control. Today, we will discuss the angelic world, the righteous angels, as well as Satan and the demons. Let us turn to Hebrews 13:1 — 2:
1 “Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Some people in history have entertained angels. They did not know they were entertaining angels. Have you or I entertained angels unawares? It is a possibility. After a certain situation, have you pondered if you had encountered an angel? Let us turn to Luke 24:36 — 40:
36 “And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.”
This is Christ speaking; by definition, a spirit does not have bones or flesh. Let us turn to Genesis 18:1 — 8: 18:16 — 17: and 18:20 — 22:
1 “And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
3 And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, so do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf, which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.”
16 “And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;”
20 “And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.”
These Scriptures depict entertaining angels. Abraham knew immediately, who these Beings were. The Lord is one of the Beings. These Beings could put on the appearance of a man. Let us turn to Genesis 19:1 — 11:
1 “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, where are the men, which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters, which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, this one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
10 But the men put forth their hand, pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.”
Here were two angels coming to Sodom. Lot sat down with these two angels to have a meal. Holy angels can appear as men. They can become flesh and bone. Here are two examples from the Scriptures, Genesis chapters 18 and 19. These two angels looked like normal men. They had the ability to become flesh and bone. The men of Sodom did not realize the visitors were angels, and were ready to do terrible things with these two angels. Let us turn to Daniel 8:15 – 16:
15 “And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.”
Daniel saw a Being, which looked like a man. This was the archangel Gabriel. Gabriel, a high-ranking angel, appeared to Daniel in the image of a man. Let us go to Daniel 9:20 – 21:
20 “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”
This Scripture pertains to the same story. Again, Daniel sees Gabriel as a man, and Gabriel touched Daniel. Gabriel has this ability to turn himself into flesh and bone. Those two angels, which went with God to visit Abraham and Sodom, have the ability to become flesh and bone. Let us turn to Luke
1:11 – 20:
11 “And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”
These are Zacharias and Elisabeth, who were righteous people. Elisabeth could not have children. Zacharias was busy in the Temple, and saw a man on his right side. This man came out of nowhere. Zacharias was troubled, when he seen this angel, because the angel appeared suddenly. Gabriel had the authority from God, to tell Zacharias that he would not speak until the birth of John. Gabriel appeared to Zacharias as a man. Let us go to Luke 1:26 – 38:
26 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, how shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore, also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
Mary was not troubled, when Gabriel appeared in the room, but she was troubled by what he said. Gabriel was flesh and bone. Otherwise, Mary would have been troubled at his appearance.
Mary asked the angel, "How can this be?"
She wanted to know. After talking to Mary, the angel disappeared. Holy angels have the ability to become flesh and bone.
Brethren, have you ever encountered an angel? Have you ever heard stories of anyone in modern times encountering angels? There was a minister in the Worldwide Church of God; and he was preparing for the Feast of Tabernacles in Savanna, Georgia. This was in 1978, 1979 or 1980. That was when we had the Feast of Tabernacles in Savanna, Georgia. This minister was staying at a motel on a certain block. Instead of driving his car, he was walking. When he started to return to his motel, it was getting late. As he was walking toward his motel, he noticed, he had made a mistake, because he was going through a neighborhood, which was not good. He became a little nervous. I am not sure, but I believe this minister sent up a prayer. The minister could see there were men ahead of him, who could do him harm. So, he was a little nervous, because his motel was in the next block, beyond this bad neighborhood. As the minister got closer, these rough looking men spread apart to allow the minister to pass peacefully.
As the minister passed through, one of those rough looking men said, "Did you see the arms on those two men escorting that little pipsqueak?"
When the minister heard this, the hair on the back of his neck stood up. Two big angels were walking beside this small minister. That is why the crowd opened, and allowed them to pass peacefully. They did not want to tangle with those two men. The minister was very thankful.
Here is my story. This happened on a Sabbath. I had already gone for a meal after services. It was raining a little, and I was driving a little too fast. I turned off onto an exit, and my car spun out of control. My car slid into the mud. Approximately 15 seconds later, a pickup truck stopped.
This huge man got out of the truck, and says, "Son, you been driving too fast?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "Well, you need to slow down on this wet road."
I said, "Yes sir, I know."
He said, "Well, just stick it in reverse, and just press on the pedal real slow, and I will try to get this car out for you."
He picked up the front end. It makes me wonder. I have thought, could that have been an angel? I could tell you other stories concerning these things. Has something like that happened to you in your life?
Now, I would like to talk about Satan, and the demons. There is no reference in the Bible, where Satan and the demons can become flesh and bone. One exception to this statement, which is not clear, is found in Matthew 4:1 – 4, and in Luke 4:1 – 4. These Scriptures refer to the titanic battle between Satan and Christ. Let us turn to Matthew 4:1 – 4:
1 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Luke 4:1 – 4:
1 “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days, he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
Satan tempted Jesus to turn the stones to bread. At that time, was Satan allowed to be flesh and bone, or was it a mental battle? This is a grey-area situation about which we have little understanding. Was this battle between the Mind of Christ, and the mind of Satan? Look at Zechariah 3:1 – 2:
1 “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?”
9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”
In this Scripture, Joshua does not see the battle between the two angels. The Moffatt translation of the Bible says it is an angel battling Satan. Another example is, Michael, the archangel, fought against Satan over the body of Moses (see Jude 1:9). Michael rebuked Satan in the Name of the Lord. In this instance, Joshua did not see Satan, because Satan cannot become flesh and bone. Satan and the demons do not have this ability to appear as flesh and bone, as the holy angels do. These three Scriptural references describe the same story: Matthew 8:28 – 29: Mark 5:1 – 20: and Luke 8:26 – 39. Let us turn to Matthew 8:28 – 29:
28 “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”
Here were two demons possessing these two men. The demons know what was going to happen to them during the millennial Rule of Christ. They asked Jesus if He was coming to torment them before the time. Let us look at Luke 8:26 – 39:
26 “And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes, it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he break the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.”
Mark 5:1 – 20:
1 “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, my name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand); and were choked in the sea.
14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”
This could be two different incidents, because Matthew chapter 8 talks about two men, and Luke chapter 8 talks about one man. In Matthew chapter 8, the demons knew they would be tormented. Also, they knew the torment would be in the distant future. The demons knew Christ could command them to do things they did not want to do. This man was possessed by many demons. The Living Bible translation refers to 'the deep', as the bottomless pit.
Luke 8:31 (New Living translation)
31 “The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.” [a]
Footnote: [a] Luke 8:31, or the abyss, or the underworld
The demons do not have a body. That is why they cannot become flesh and bone. They are just an essence. The demons are a spirit essence, which can control bodies, if they possess them. The many demons (legion), in this man, asked Christ in His mercy, not to send them out into space, but rather into a herd of swine; and Christ allowed this to happen. The demons knew what Christ could do to them. Christ commanded them to come out of the man. God and Jesus Christ are in charge. Let us look at Mark 9:14 – 29:
14 “And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
This is when Jesus healed the boy with the unclean spirit. This evil spirit received two commands from Christ: come out of the boy, and enter no more into him. Christ told the evil spirit not to come back into the boy. Let us turn to Luke 11:24 – 26: and Matthew 12:43 – 45:
24 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.”
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
Mathew 12:43 – 45:
43 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”
Christ knew that if the evil spirit went back into the boy, then seven other evil spirits would also enter, and the boy would be worse off, than when he was possessed by only one evil spirit. These evil spirits do not have a resting place. They do not have a body. These evil spirits will find somebody to possess, especially, if they were inside the body before. Satan and the demons can possess either a human or an animal. The holy angels have the ability to become flesh and bone, and appear to you. Satan and his demons cannot appear. That is the big difference between the two spirit worlds. What happened in Genesis 3:14 – 15?
14 “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Satan appeared to Eve as a serpent. Would it not have been better for Satan to appear as a man, if he could put on flesh and bone? But, Satan does not have that ability. In Isaiah 14:4 – 6, Satan possessed the king of Babylon (New Living Translation).
4 “You will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say, “The mighty man has been destroyed. Yes, your insolence[b] is ended.
5 For the Lord has crushed your wicked power, and broken your evil rule.
6 You struck the people with endless blows of rage, and held the nations in your angry grip with unrelenting tyranny.”
In Ezekiel 28:1 – 2, Satan possessed the king of Tyre (New Living Translation).
1 “Then this message came to me from the Lord:
2 “Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign Lord:
“In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god! I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’ But you are only a man and not a god, though you boast that you are a god.””
Satan possessed this king because Satan does not have the ability to become flesh and bone as the holy angels can. Let us turn to John 13:2: and 13:21 – 30:
2 “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;”
21 “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.”
This incident happened at Christ's last Passover as a Human Being. Satan entered Judas Iscariot and possessed him. Satan could not become a man of flesh and bone. Christ commanded Satan to do the evil deeds quickly. Christ is still in charge. Let us turn to 2 Peter 2:4:
4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;”
Brethren, at this time, there are angels who are chained. They are in a confinement which God has produced, and they cannot get loose (see Jude 1:6, and Revelation 9:13 – 14).
6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
Revelation 9:13 – 14:
13 “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.”
When the sixth trumpet is blown these four demons are loosed from their prison. Let us go to Ephesians 2:2:
2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
This Scripture describes Satan's way of broadcasting in moods and attitudes. Satan cannot appear unto you but he can give you a wrong attitude.
I would like to read to you from "The Deep Things of God.” This is from the chapter, "Satan's Fate,” page 71. Mr. Robert Ardis writes:
"Satan and the demons will be cast into the raging fire. It will be kept burning, as Jesus Christ directs. These evil creatures will be spirit, but will be plainly visible, completely subdued, and confined in this hell. (The God Beings) They will compel all flesh to come to Jerusalem to be judged, and observe the activity at the Valley of Hinnom. Everyone will behold this ghastly sight. They will see Satan and his demons among the maggots, and fire of their prison, among the dead, whose deaths they are responsible. Their humiliation will be torment for Satan and the demons....
Evidently, he (Satan) must still be spirit, but appears as a man wallowing around in the filth, as described next."
This describes what will happen more than 1,000 years into the future, in the Last Great Day. There will still be evil spirits, but God will allow humans to see these evil spirits in the pit. At this time humans cannot see evil spirits. Humans can be affected by the evil spirits' attitudes and moods (the prince of the power of the air). Let us go back to "The Deep Things of God,” page 73, by Mr. Robert Ardis:
"This is a plain Truth, directly from the Word of God. It clearly states that Satan, the former anointed cherub, will perish. He will be destroyed. Ezekiel 28:17 – 19:
17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.””
God will turn Satan and his demons into flesh and bone, and destroy them. By their self Satan, and his demons do not have the ability to become flesh and bone. This is another difference between Satan and his demons, and the righteous, holy angels. Let us turn to Luke 10:18 – 19:
18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Christ will give us power. Brethren, how do we do that? Let us look at 1Peter 5:8:
8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
We must be sober and vigilant. We have the power over the enemy. Let us turn to 2 Corinthians 2:11:
11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
We are not ignorant of Satan's devices. Brethren, what are the devices of Satan? Here are some of the devices, which Satan tries to use on us:
1. Discouragement — Satan tries to discourage you through your moods, and attitudes. He is the power of the prince of the air. Satan wants to discourage you. Look at Deuteronomy 31:6:
6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Fear not God is with us. Look at 1Timothy 6:11 – 12:
11 “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
Fight and never give up.
2. Laziness or lethargic — we must work hard to build the Mind of Christ within us. Look at Revelation 12:10:
10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
Satan is the accuser of us before God. Look at Matthew 24:44 – 48:
44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;”
This Scripture talks about a servant doing well when Christ comes. Look at Titus 3:8:
8 “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”
Maintain good works.
3. Carelessness and accidents — pray daily for protection.
4. Temptation — watch out for temptation. Look at James 1:12 – 16:
12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.”
Endure and be blessed. Lust equals sin and sin equals death. Brethren, be careful of lust. Look at Romans 13:13 – 14:
13 “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
Walk honestly, and avoid fleshly lusts.
5. Emotions — do not become extremely angry. Look at Proverbs 16:25:
25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Do not be correct in your own eyes. Look at 2Corinthians 10:5:
5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Bring every thought into captivity in Christ, and control every thought. Look at Ephesians 4:31:
31 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
6. A root of bitterness — do not allow this to happen; it will take you out. Look at 1Peter 5:8:
8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Satan is like a roaring lion. Look at Hebrews 12:15:
15 “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
A root of bitterness is one of Satan’s most deadly devices. Look at 2Corinthians 13:5:
5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Examine ourselves. Here are some defenses against Satan's evil devices:
1. Be faithful in prayer and Bible study.
2. Anticipate the holy days. Be excited about God's plan — that is what the holy days are. Why not go to the Feast of Tabernacles? What is your excuse? We are in a major battle.
3. Build character because of the trials. What did Mr. Don Tyler tell us today? He said his trials are made for him, and your trials are made for you. My trials are made for me. God wants us to build Godly character. So, let us respond to it positively.
4. Come to all services.
5. Remember Philippians 4:13:
13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Let us turn to James 4:6 – 8:
6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
This is a requirement! Humble yourselves before God, draw closer to God. Satan and the demons must flee. Let us go to Ephesians 6:10 – 20:
10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
We have discussed the devices of Satan. Praying and studying daily is a part of having done all (see Ephesians 6:12). Brethren, we have said this many times, you and I are the only ones who are not deceived, and Satan wants to deceive you. Put on the armor of God. Study the devices of Satan and write them in your Bible. I have the devices of Satan written in my Bible. Brethren, Satan and the demons want to destroy you, but God is for us. So brethren, put on the armor tightly. Let us be prepared to battle as we have never battled before, because time is running out. Now, you know things about the angelic world. The holy angels can become flesh and bone, and Satan and the demons cannot. We have the holy angels and God on our side. So, let us tighten the armor.
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